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Breed of the Month ~ February 2016 ~ Mastiff
Congratulations
 Nick and Shannon VanDuren & Sam and Debbie Walker

The American Kennel Club recognized the Mastiff in 1885. Mastiffs are one of the biggest dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, the massive Mastiff loves being around people and is known to bond closely with his 'family.' A combination of grandeur and good nature as well as courage and docility, he was bred in England and used as a watchdog for more than two thousand years.

The breed's short coat can be fawn, apricot or brindle. They have large, square heads with broad, wrinkly foreheads and hort black muzzles. Their small, brown eyes have a watchful but warm expression, and their dark V-shaped ears hang close to the cheek. They have thick, strong necks that slope down to deep chests and level backs. Their tapered tails are set high and hang low. Overall, Mastiffs carry themselves with dignity and poise.

There are many different variances in the Mastiff breed. The breed most commonly referred to as the Mastiff is the English Mastiff. Some other common mastiff breeds are the Neapolitan Mastiff, Bullmastiff, and Tibetan Mastiff. Mastiffs are distinguished by their massive size, large heads, and black faces (masks). Mastiffs generally have a pleasant disposition, but are very protective of their families.

Mastiffs need strict training as a puppy for them to be a disciplined adult dog. Mastiffs have more recently increased in popularity around the world. Mastiffs rarely bark or make noise. When you come home, you're likely to find yours stretched out on a bed or couch, their head perking up lazily to greet you. If you can get them off the couch, they're always game for a roll on the carpet. Mastiffs have few equals when it comes to protecting the family.

They have been used as guard dogs for thousands of years. However, Mastiffs are more likely to scare off an intruder with their intimidating size-they are not the types to make a fuss unless there's a real threat.





Our Family of Mastiffs

Ella went Winners Bitch, Best Puppy & Award of Merit
Peanut won the Bred By Class and 1st Brood Bitch
Jazz went Reserve Winner Bitch
(Van D’s Harmony To A Tee) Bred by Nick & Shannon Van Duren


Dagney
(AM/Int'l/UKC CH. Wbar's Miss Congeniality)
Dagney is almost 11 years old getting 2nd Award of Merit at the 2014 Mastiff National Specialty
Owned by Nick & Shannon Van Duren

Peanut
(Van D's That's Goodidy,That's Good,That's Good)
Owned by Nick & Shannon Van Duren

Payton
(Ol Glory Freedom’s Simply The Best)
Winning 2nd Major and going BOS
Owned by Sam & Debbie Walker

Tebow (CH Hallmark Freedom's Against All Odds)
Going BOS over Specials
Owned by Sam & Debbie Walker

Andee
(CH Van D Freedom Devil Wears Prada, RN)
Getting her Rally Novice Title
Owned by Sam & Debbie Walker


Debbie’s All Star team! Andee, Peyton and Tebow!
Go Broncos !!



Our coats of many colors. Love those Puppies !!




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